OpenAthens offers end users a personalized single sign-on experience and administrators a streamlined setup of logins into their electronic resources and services. It can also take authentication a step further, supplying ease of access and usage reporting opportunities for library tools outside of the norm, including ILL services and beyond.
The story so far
Millersville University has worked in partnership with EBSCO and OpenAthens to support usage reporting for consortial dual-institution programs, access to the university ILS (ExLibris Alma), automated authentication to and submission of ILL requests through APIs (ILLiad), librarian access to LibGuides, and granular, customized usage statistics.
The library team continues to find areas where creative OpenAthens deployment can create efficiencies for their library (including linking functionality based on user identity and student access to niche resources on a semester/course basis) and institution at large.
Watch their case study
Amanda Ferrante, EBSCO and Scott Anderson & Krista Higham, Millersville University present some of the creative OpenAthens applications used at Millersville University.